Jacintha Saldanha: Grieving husband of Kate Middleton hoax nurse makes private farewell by her grave

Goodbye, Jacintha: Grieving husband and children of hoax call nurse weep by her graveside as they say farewell at Indian funeralBody flown to India where husband and two children in Shirva, Karnataka for funeral at Our Lady of Health Church King Edward VII Hospital nurse Jacintha Saldanha found dead on December 7 after hoax call by Australian DJs

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17:09 GMT, 17 December 2012

Jacintha Saldanha's grieving husband and two teenage children clutched each other tightly today as they gathered with hundreds of mourners in a small town in India for her funeral.

Friends and family paid their respects to the 46-year-old nurse who was duped by a hoax call during a simple ceremony in Shirva, some 30 miles north of Mangalore on the south-west coast.

Earlier, crowds lined the roads close to the Catholic church to pay their respects while relatives attended a private prayer ceremony at her home.

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Tears: Ben Barboza (centre) holds his son Junal (right) and daughter Lisha (left) during the burial of Jacintha Saldanha at her hometown Shirva, near Mangalore, India

Tears: Ben Barboza (centre) holds his son Junal (right) and daughter Lisha (left) during the burial of Jacintha Saldanha at her hometown Shirva, near Mangalore, India

Sadness: Children of Jacintha Saldanha - daughter Lisha (left) and son Junal (right) - are consoled by their father Ben Barbosa (centre) during their mother's funeral at The Shirve Church cemetery near Mangalore

Sadness: Children of Jacintha Saldanha – daughter Lisha (left) and son Junal (right) – are consoled by their father Ben Barbosa (centre) during their mother's funeral at The Shirve Church cemetery near Mangalore

Reflecting: Ben Barboza (centre), Junal Saldanha (right), and daughter Lisha Saldanha (centre left), during her burial near Mangalore, India

Reflecting: Ben Barboza (centre), Junal Saldanha (right), and daughter Lisha Saldanha (centre left), during her burial near Mangalore, India

Mourning: Ben Barboza (centre) holds his son Junal, on his right, and daughter Lisha at the burial of his wife

Mourning: Ben Barboza (centre) holds his son Junal, on his right, and daughter Lisha at the burial of his wife

Remembered: A woman puts flowers on Jacintha Saldanha's coffin during her funeral in Shirva, about 32 miles north of Mangalore

Remembered: A woman puts flowers on Jacintha Saldanha's coffin during her funeral in Shirva, about 32 miles north of Mangalore

Authorities in India are understood
to have made extensive arrangements – upping security and setting up
barricades – to accommodate crowds of mourners touched by Ms Saldanha's
death.

Jesuit priest Fr Richard Rego, who
has worked in the region for more than a decade, said the close-knit
town had been left in shock.

'The local community were jolted,' he said. 'They are now coming together to support the family.'

Mr Barboza is understood to be spending Christmas with his family in Shirva as he comes to terms with his wife's death.

Family together: Ben Barboza (fifth left), of Jacintha, son Junal (sixth left), and daughter Lisha Saldanha (fourth left) join with Carmine (centre), in wheelchair, mother of Jacintha Saldhana

Family together: Ben Barboza (fifth left), of Jacintha, son Junal (sixth left), and daughter Lisha Saldanha (fourth left) join with Carmine (centre), in wheelchair, mother of Jacintha Saldhana

Watching on: Family members of Jacintha Saldanha weep as they attend her burial, following a memorial service attended by some 4,000 mourners

Watching on: Family members of Jacintha Saldanha weep as they attend her burial, following a memorial service attended by some 4,000 mourners

Wide angle: Relatives and friends gather during the burial of nurse Ms Saldanha at her hometown Shirva

Wide angle: Relatives and friends gather during the burial of nurse Ms Saldanha at her hometown Shirva

The town of Shirva, in the Karnataka district, is famous in the largely agricultural region for producing jasmine and granite.

Ms
Saldanha’s family made the journey to India yesterday with her
hessian-covered coffin for her funeral, as it emerged that she left a
note for the two Australian radio DJs behind the recent prank.

The senior nurse, who blamed Mel Greig, 30, and Michael Christian, 25, of 2Day FM for her death, is also said to have been involved in a long-running ‘personal disagreement’ with a junior colleague.

Ms Saldanha's body was kept at her
49-year-old husband Ben Barboza's home in the town of Shirva, Karnataka, for a few hours today before being
taken to the church for a prayer service and burial.

Saying goodbye: Jacintha Saldanha's widower Ben Barboza (centre) and her children Lisha (left) and Junal (right) stand next to her coffin

Saying goodbye: Jacintha Saldanha's widower Ben Barboza (centre) and her children Lisha (left) and Junal (right) stand next to her coffin

Procession: Relatives carry the coffin containing the body of Ms Saldanha for burial at her hometown Shirva

Procession: Relatives carry the coffin containing the body of Ms Saldanha for burial at her hometown Shirva

Moving back: Indian policemen try to control the crowd as relatives carry the coffin containing the body of nurse Jacintha Saldanha for burial at her hometown Shirva

Moving back: Indian policemen try to control the crowd as relatives carry the coffin containing the body of nurse Jacintha Saldanha for burial at her hometown Shirva

The 46-year-old nurse was found hanged at
her nurses’ accommodation at the King Edward VII Hospital in London,
where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for severe morning
sickness.

One of three suicide notes suggests
that before the prank call, Mrs Saldanha was ‘unhappy’ that
following a misdemeanour by a subordinate the hospital had decided not
to discipline her colleague.

A family friend said: ‘Jacintha was involved in a personal disagreement with a colleague several weeks before the prank call.

'The hospital had decided not to take
any formal action but to put the two nurses on separate shifts.
Jacintha made clear her disappointment and that she was not happy.

Distraught: Ben Barboza, husband of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, arrives today to examine the scene at the graveyard where his wife will be buried, in Shriva, north of Mangalore, in India

Distraught: Ben Barboza, husband of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, arrives today to examine the scene at the graveyard where his wife will be buried, in Shriva, north of Mangalore, in India

Distraught: Ben Barboza (left and right), husband of nurse Jacintha
Saldanha, arrives earlier today to examine the scene at the graveyard
where his wife will be buried, in Shriva, north of Mangalore, in India

Before the ceremony: A worker prepares the grave of Ms Saldanha in Shriva north of Mangalore, India

Before the ceremony: A worker prepares the grave of Ms Saldanha in Shriva north of Mangalore, India

'She felt the hospital should have taken a tougher line. She was critical of that.'

In the short letter she apparently
singled out two individuals for blame.

It also emerged that after she
had unwittingly put DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian through to
another nurse, one called back and told her they had played a prank
which they were about to broadcast.

That is believed to have left her
feeling confused and agitated. At a memorial service in Westminster
Cathedral on Saturday, her husband Benedict Barboza said his wife’s
death had left him devastated.

The couple’s son Junal, 17, and adopted daughter Lisha, 14, also paid tribute before travelling with her body to Mangalore.

Support: Jacintha Saldanha's widower Ben Barboza (centre, in blue) looks at the grave for his wife

Support: Jacintha Saldanha's widower Ben Barboza (centre, in blue) looks at the grave for his wife

Plans: Ben Barboza gestures while discussing the arrangements at the graveyard where his wife will be buried

Plans: Ben Barboza gestures while discussing the arrangements at the graveyard where his wife will be buried

Ms Saldanha's funeral took place today at 4pm local
time (10am GMT), said her family, who arrived at Bajpe Airport in
Mangalore yesterday

Her coffin also arrived in India yesterday. It came after Ms Saldanha’s children described
the ‘unfillable void’ left in their lives by their mother's death as a
mass was held at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday.

Following
the service in central London, Jacintha's husband, NHS accountant Ben Barboza, 49, and two
children Junal, 17, and Lisha, 14, paid an emotional tribute to a
‘kind-hearted, generous and well-respected woman’.

Mr
Barboza said: ‘My wife, you were the light in my darkness, who always
showed me the way forward. From the day we met, you always stood by me
in times of hardship and happiness.

Tragic: A coffin containing the body of Ms Saldanha is loaded onto an ambulance at the airport in Mangalore

Tragic: A coffin containing the body of Ms Saldanha is loaded onto an ambulance at the airport in Mangalore

Moved: A casket containing the body of Ms Saldanha is shifted in a tractor trolley after it arrived at the airport

Moved: A casket containing the body of Ms Saldanha is shifted in a tractor trolley after it arrived at the airport

‘I feel a part of me has been ripped
out,’ he added, fighting back tears. ‘Without your beautiful smile and
sparkling personality, the house is an empty place to live.

Death: Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanging in her nurses' quarters at King Edward VII Hospital

Death: Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanging in her nurses' quarters at King Edward VII Hospital

‘Nineteen years of togetherness with a
strong bond of affection and understanding will be cherished forever in
my life. Your loss is a very painful one and nobody can take that place
in my life ever again. I love you and miss you forever.’

Ms Saldanha's daughter Lisha, 14,
said: ‘We will miss your laughter, the loving memories and the good
times we had together. The house is an empty dwelling without your
presence.

‘We are shattered and there's an unfillable void in our lives.

'We
love you mum, sleep in peace and watch over us until me meet again in
heaven. We will always love you and keep you close to our heart.’

Her son Junal said: ‘Our mother, kind hearted, generous and a well-respected woman in both of our lives. You were the core of the family who kept is together.

‘In times of difficulty you showed us the way forward to happiness and success. Your priority for us was a good education and a bright future. You taught us right from wrong which we appreciate.

‘You worked tirelessly to give us everything that we have today. When we achieved good grades and merit, your pat on our backs encouraged us more.’

Standing outside the cathedral alongside
their local MP Charlotte Leslie and MP Keith Vaz, who has been
campaigning on behalf of the family, Mr Barboza said the family ‘could
not have foreseen the unprecedented tragedy that has unfolded in our
lives’.

‘The events of the last week have shattered our lives. We barely have the strength to withstand the grief and sorrow.’

He thanked the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prime Minister David Cameron for their condolences.

Memorial
services have already been held at the hospital where Ms Saldanha
worked and in Bristol where her husband and children live.

Indian-born
Ms Saldanha left two notes in her room and also had marks on her wrist
when her body was discovered, Westminster Coroner's Court in London
heard on Thursday.

Emotional tribute: Ben Barboza, 49, stands outside Westminster Cathedral in central London with his daughter Lisha, 14, and son Junal, 16, with Keith Vaz MP (right) after a mass for Ms Saldanha

Emotional tribute: Ben Barboza, 49, stands outside Westminster Cathedral in central London with his daughter Lisha, 14, and son Junal, 16, with Keith Vaz MP (right) after a mass for Ms Saldanha

Saddened: The DJs behind the call - Mel Greig and Michael Christian - gave an emotional account of their reaction to Ms Saldanha's death in an interview on Australian TV last week

Saddened: The DJs behind the call – Mel Greig and Michael Christian – gave an emotional account of their reaction to Ms Saldanha's death in an interview on Australian TV last week

A provisional date of March 26 has been set for the next inquest hearing.

John Lofthouse, the King Edward VII's Hospital chief executive, has said the nurse was reassured on a number of occasions by senior management after the hoax.

The DJs behind the call – Mel Greig and Michael Christian – gave an emotional account of their reaction to Ms Saldanha's death.

Interviewed on Australian TV networks, the presenters said their prank call to the hospital prompted ‘a tragic turn of events no-one could have predicted or expected’.

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), the parent company of 2Day FM, ended the pair's Hot 30 show and suspended prank calls across the company.

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